Is peanut-butter really butter?

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Peanut butter (with or without the jelly!) might be one of your favorite sandwich spreads – it’s so delicious! But does it actually have butter in it, or does it just have a silly name, like butterflies, who also aren’t made with butter?!

The truth behind peanut butter is that there isn’t any butter involved. In fact, peanut butter in the United States is always made from at least 90% peanuts, so there’s not a lot of room to fit in any other buttery ingredients. The “peanut butter” name most likely just comes from the way it spreads easily, like butter!

In addition to peanuts, lots of other foods are also used to make “butters” that also don’t really contain any butter, but are probably get their name because they’re smooth pastes. Some good examples include almond butter, apple butter, and pumpkin butter. Yum!

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